I didn't know that about rams. Interesting. You'd think it would be the opposite.
I agree with Shanny. A wether is a nice companion, but isn't totally
necessary. Of course, goats are herd animals, so they like to be able to be with their own kind. If you don't want to keep a wether, then at least have the buck across the fence from the girls (minimum chain link or small welded wire, so you don't have breeding accidents), so he doesn't get lonely. That's what we've done with Ringo and he's been fine.
Two bucks will fight until they get used to each other if you pen them together. If you want to get the other buck, you could run them in pens side by side to keep each other company - sharing a common fence. Lots of folks do this and it works well. This is what we're planning with our new buckling.
One reason for
getting the other buck...
Unless you're planning to sell or eat all
the offspring, (bucks and does alike) I'd encourage you to think down the road a bit. If your does have doelings you want to keep, you can't breed them back to their sire. A grand-sire, is okay, but the sire is too close. That's why we bought our second buckling. He'll be the "other" buck, so we can breed Ringo's daughters to him.
Hope this helps. Oh, and btw, don't feel bad about being on the uphill side of the learning curve. I've had goats now for 3 years, and I've probably learned more in the last 9 months than I did all the previous time. I learn something new everyday
PS - to the mods - think we should merge this in with the "goats and sheep" thread?